Registering for Classes Online
Students are able to register for courses online on their specified registration date and anytime thereafter. Prior to registration every semester, however, the student must first meet with their academic counselor or faculty major advisor and receive an electronic clearance (be ‘released’ to register). Student athletes, Honors Program students, and students in special programs may also need to obtain additional authorization from their advisors in these areas before registering.
For information about Adding/Dropping Classes, please visit the Changes in Registration page.
Automated Waitlist Registration Process (for classes that are full, i.e. "Closed" or Waitlisted)
The new Automated Waitlist Process provides an opportunity for students to enroll in closed sections as space becomes available. Please visit New Automated Waitlist for more info.
Study in the Washington Consortium
American University is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area. AU students may seek permission to register for a consortium course if the course is not offered at American University. For more information about policies and procedures, please refer to the registrar's consortium page. You should also discuss your plans in advance with your academic counselor or your faculty advisor.
The Academic Calendar lists all important dates in the semester and is more comprehensive than the entries in most other publications. You are responsible for acting in accordance with this information. Contact your academic counselor if you have questions.
Registration Scheduling Process
The date that you are able to register is based on the number of credits you have completed at American and the number of credits earned from examinations or college courses elsewhere which have been accepted and entered into the your official AU record.
Check the Registration Schedule for dates.
Final Exam Schedule
The semester final exam schedule is made available at the time the semester course schedule is posted.
General Education Program
Many CAS students have discovered their majors through courses they took as part of the AU General Education Program. The program is designed to be completed within the first two years at American. .
Each semester, a select number of new students are invited to join the University Honors Program at the time of their admission. Current students who have achieved an excellent academic record after one year of study at AU may also apply to join. See the Honors FAQ section for more details about the self-nomination process.
Each year, hundreds of CAS students gain valuable experience and insight, as well as academic credit, in internships in a variety of workplaces through the metropolitan area. Discuss this option with your academic counselor or faculty advisor well in advance, since arranging an internship takes time and advance planning. The Career Center staff includes an internship coordinator with special expertise for CAS students; consult the Career Center website.
The opportunity to study in another country always enriches a student’s personal and academic experience and College of Arts and Sciences students are strongly encouraged to consider this option as part of their undergraduate study. Begin as early as possible, with a discussion with your CAS counselor, faculty in your intended or declared major, and with staff in the AU Abroad Office. Careful planning and some independent research will help you find a program that best meets your needs.
Summer Study at Another Four-Year Institution in the U.S. Occasionally, students who need to return home for the summer may also wish to attend a local institution and transfer course credits back to their AU academic record. A student may transfer up to 10 credits under a "Permit to
Study at Another U.S. Institution." All arrangements for using the Permit to Study must be made well in advance of the close of the spring semester. In every case, permission from various departments as well as your academic counselor and the CAS dean must be obtained. Consult with your academic counselor for more details. Reminder: all General Education requirements must be completed at AU once a student has enrolled.
Temporary Leaves and Separations Please see the Rules and Regulations Section 13 on Interruptions in Studies.
Academic Rules and Regulations It is the student's responsibility to be aware of all the university Rules and Regulations. Review all necessary information by visiting the Undergraduate Studies page.
Ann Robyn Mathias Student Research Conference
This annual CAS student research conference, held each spring, showcases the original scholarly and creative works of CAS graduate and undergraduate students, as well as other AU students who submit work completed for CAS courses. Learn more about the Mathias Student Research Conference.
Federal Work-Study Program
The College of Arts and Sciences offers many opportunities to students who have been awarded aid through the Federal Work-Study Program to earn income and experience while taking classes at AU. Students eligible for Work-Study positions should visit the Human Resources office for a list of open positions.